Your doctor may request imaging scans for diagnostic purposes or to assist in treatment planning. It’s always a good idea to call your community hospital ahead of your appointment to learn what to do to prepare for it. Different types of imaging scans can require different preparations. In general, however, you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. It’s best to avoid wearing jewelry, hairpins, or other metallic objects. Certain objects, such as dentures, may need to be removed immediately prior to the scan.
Before having your test, inform the technologist of any medical conditions you may have. Let him or her know if you could be pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Inform the technologist of any allergies, including allergies to shellfish, x-ray contrast, and iodine. For certain types of imaging tests, you may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a period of time. If so, inform the doctor if you’re diabetic.
At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, our diagnostic imaging team is committed to using the lowest possible dose of radiation to improve patient safety. Residents of Tampa and the surrounding areas can call (813) 873-6400 with questions about our community hospital.